Upon Prompting, US Airways Decides to Honor Their 1,000 Mile Promise

Apr 13, 2011

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Bumping this post because it’s still working, so call and get your miles if you haven’t already!

On Saturday I wrote about my displeasure with US Airway’s handling of their botched email promising many of their Dividend Miles members 1,000 points.

Well, today I decided to call and ask a phone rep for the miles, because I heard some people had success doing just that.

I called 800-428-4322 and then hit 3 for Dividend Miles. I entered my Dividend Miles number and zip code when prompted by Alan, their chipper automated machine. I then hit 0 when they started rattling off my account information and was immediately transferred to a phone rep.

Me:  “Hi there. I got an email from US Airways recently promising me 1,000 free miles and they still haven’t showed up in my account.”

Rep: “Oh really? When did you get this email?”

Me: “I think it was Tuesday – it said miles would be waiting in my account, but I checked all week and they still aren’t there.”

Rep: “Please verify your account number, address and phone number”

Me: Provides details.

Rep: “Sir, thank you so much for your patience. I’ve just added the 1,000 points to your account so your new balance is xxx,xxx. Have a great day”

Me: “Thanks, you too!”

Lo and behold my account already shows the new “Customer appreciation bonus” miles. I am not elite with US Airways, so I was surprised I got the miles. If you have a couple minutes, it might behoove you to give them a ring and ask for the miles. As much as people say this isn’t a PR nightmare – I agree, it’s not a nightmare – it sure isn’t good. I don’t know whether this manual addition of the miles is a new directive, but I imagine it has something to do with the bad press generated like this, this and this.

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